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wrestling-d2 flag | January 30, 2014

No. 5 UCO rolls to victory

Central Oklahoma's Cory Dauphin

EDMOND, Okla. -- No. 5-ranked Central Oklahoma took eight of 10 matches and picked up four bonus-point wins to cruise past Central Missouri 31-6 on Wednesday night at Hamilton Field House in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association match.

It was the 20th consecutive home win for the Bronchos, who improved to 10-4 on the season and 4-1 in the league while stretching their series lead against the Mules to 36-0.

"Overall I saw a lot of good things and we had a few guys take some positive steps," UCO head coach David James said.  "I thought we were aggressive on our feet for the most part and we picked up some good wins, but there's still a lot of things we need to clean up."

UCO held a big 22-2 advantage in takedowns and got bonus wins from Casy Rowell, Cory Dauphin, Chris Watson and Cody Dauphin.

The fifth-ranked Rowell had six takedowns and four near-falls in an overwhelming 22-6 technical fall at 133 pounds, while Cory Dauphin and Watson earned back-to-back major decisions.

Dauphin claimed his 100th career win with a 15-2 rout at 157 as the defending national champion and top-rated senior rolled up four takedowns, two near-falls and nearly 5 minutes riding time. It was Dauphin's 40th consecutive victory.

Watson scored three takedowns in a dominating 9-0 shutout at 165, improving the No. 1-ranked junior's record to 25-1 on the season.

Cody Dauphin ended the night in emphatic fashion with a 29-second fall at heavyweight, taking Jacob Clark down 17 seconds into the match and getting the pin 12 seconds later.

The Bronchos also got wins from 125 Josh Breece, 141 Dustin Reed, 184 Znick Ferrell and 197 Garrett Henshaw.

Breece's takedown with 2 seconds left in the second period was the difference in a 3-1 victory, while Reed had a pair of takedowns and nearly 3 minutes riding time in a gritty 6-1 triumph.

Ferrell prevailed 5-2 on the strength of two first-period takedowns and Henshaw had an identical two-takedown opening period start in a 6-2 win.

The Mules claimed the feature bout of the night at 149 where third-ranked Frank Cagnina topped No. 1 Jordan Basks 10-4 to avenge two earlier losses to the UCO senior, who fell to 29-2.

No. 8 Western State 24, New Mexico Highlands 9

LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- Western State took care of business Wednesday night at New Mexico Highlands University, defeating the Cowboys 24-9 to win its third consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual.

No. 8 Western (7-2, 4-1 RMAC) won 7 of 10 matches against Highlands (3-4, 1-4 RMAC), including two overtime decisions.

After going down 0-3 after the first match, Zach Shank quickly put the Mountaineers back on top 6-3 with a pin at the 5:34 mark. Shank has 10 falls on the season and two during the RMAC dual season.

Western followed Shank's performance with three consecutive decisions by Corbin Bennetts at 141 pounds, CJ York at 149 pounds and Shawn Seppala at 157.

After 165-pounder Austin Harris lost a nail-biter 3-2, Elliot Copeland earned a 9-2 decision at 174 pounds to make the score 15-6. Copeland is currently ranked third in Division II at 174 pounds.

The 184-pound match between Western's No. 7 Kyle Piatt and Highlands' Igor Gomzin couldn't be decided in regulation as both wrestlers had accrued two points. Piatt finished the match with a 4-2 overtime decision, giving the Mountaineers a comfortable 21-6 lead.

Sam Mangum must have liked what he saw during Piatt's match, because the 197-pounder took his match into overtime where the Mountaineer won by an identical 4-2 score.